TEXT TO ANALYSIS ESSAY- The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

The poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost states that in life we come upon many decisions, and there are points where we have to let fate take the lead. “The Road Not Taken” uses two paths as a symbol of a life decision. To understand this poem you have to have understanding of life’s meaning. The author helps us better understand the message by his use of tone and literary devices such as metaphors and symbolism. In this poem we come to realize that life is a combination of decisions and fate. The two paths symbolize the life of the traveler and all his life decisions. This poem expresses life, because in life, there are important decisions that in some instances can make a really big change, sometimes it’s hard to find your way out of something, and there are many possible ways you can do it.

“Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim” are verses where we can clearly see that this is a decision in to which he is putting a lot of thought. Throughout the poem, we learn that there are two paths to take, but the traveler, who we suppose is Robert Frost, is uncertain of which one to take.  We learn that this is really a life decision, and not just a choice between two paths. Towards the end, there is a drastic change of the indecisive tone to a tone of regret.

In this poem there is a line that is “I shall be telling this with a sigh”, Robert Frost shows a sign of regret, meaning he made the wrong decision. Not all decisions have to be clearly thought out or over-thought. In our lives sometimes we make some wrong decisions too. By depending on time we can’t really lookup that why we made mistake. In this scenario we have to be more careful about our decision. The road we chooses is full of challenges and needs to be explored. In the beginning we think we would choose a better path than previous path, but the road never seemed to end. What we decide today is going to affect our future. Sometimes the decisions we make can be wrong but that is way better than standing and not choosing anything.

In this poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost state that the roads are considered to be a symbol of his life decisions. The fact the Frost chose to use this symbol to portray the message makes us have a clear idea of what he is going through. Towards the end of the poem, signs of regret shows, how in life a decision can really impact your life and who you become as a person. By the end of the poem, we have learned that the difficulty of choices is that sometimes you really have to let fate take the lead. Those paths shows that it doesn’t matter which side has been taken more but which is the best one for you.

Life is made up of choices. The choices people make in their lifetime not only shape their life, but they can make or break it. Every once in a while a person is offered a monumental decision that will decide the path of their entire life. Still, knowing a choice needs to be made does not make it easy to decide. In this line, “sorry…could not travel both”, Robert Frost does not know which road to take, what decision to make. He only knows that he cannot travel both. However, indecision is part of the beauty of life. Some of the best choices are result of careful thought. A person does not always have to take the road of the ones before them; they can take an entirely new path with an unknown future. We have to be observant and to choose the correct path among the various paths life sets in our way.

Robert Frost states that “ I took the one less travelled by, and that has make all the difference”, The poem felt very connected to me as I have also had some difficult times choosing the correct way or option in my life. One of those decisions was coming to CityTech which I am sure I will never regret. Before coming to this college I had been doing Associate first year in another community college. When I got selected, many of my relatives and friends suggested me not to come here as I was already going to another college. However, I chose to come here although I knew that this way would be full of challenges. Now, I am also sure like the poet that the new challenges and struggles I will have to face here will make a difference in my life. Hence, there are many options in our life and it is obvious to be confused. We should be able to choose the correct path and move forward. Once we choose to travel in one way, we cannot travel  back  in time and choose the next one. So, we should be careful and observant while taking decisions and choose the path which we will not regret.

Life is full of choices, some predetermined, some decided on the spot. The road is really a metaphor explaining decisions that we make. Sometimes there are monumental choices that will affect the rest of someone’s life, whether they know it or not. The poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about one of those special moments where one choice will change the course of one person’s life. We believes that depending on the road a person chooses, their life will turn out for better off for worse. In this poem in which we learn that sometimes we have to let fate take the lead. Life is a combination of decisions and fate. According to the author, the two paths symbolize the life of the traveler and all his life decisions. Every decision can really affect your life.